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Indiana's 1st case of West Nile confirmed in Portage

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PORTAGE, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A northwest Indiana resident has been diagnosed as the state’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

The city of Portage has been in “frequent contact” with the Indiana State Department of Health and the family of the person who contracted the virus since the case was confirmed, according to a statement issued by the city Friday.

West Nile-carrying mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, and the city has been “proactive” in placing larvicide in storm drains, catch basins and retention ponds, according to the statement.

Officials also plan to begin spraying for adult mosquitoes throughout the city to control populations that could carry the virus.

City officials ask that residents eliminate possible breeding sites in their yards such as stagnant water in gutters, birdbaths, old tires, high grass or unused swimming pools.

A statement from the Health Dept. said that along with the one human case, mosquitoes have test ed positive for the virus in 18 counties, including Lake County.

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